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"Handcross" steam locomotive

This steam locomotive was one of many designed by a renowned locomotive engineer, W. Stroudley (1833-1889). According to the notes on the reverse of the photograph, it was built in 1883 by Neilson and Company, locomotive builders of Glasgow. Neilson’s had already built a batch of locos with some parts supplied from Brighton Works used as patterns. When the batch was completed, they wrote to Brighton and suggested that there were so many spares left over they could build another loco with them. They did and it was called “Handcross”.
It was in service for the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway whose custom was to name some of the locomotives after Sussex villages. “Handcross” was based at East Grinstead, but this photograph was taken at Peckham Rye. It is sad to record that due to a change in livery it lost its village name in 1909.
It was condemned for the cutting torch in 1944. It is not clear how many miles it covered overall, but by the middle of WWI it had covered 1,349,325 miles.
Click on Large Version to view a miniature replica of “Handcross” in the glorious colours of LB&SCR, built by Ian White (, to whom thanks are due for giving permission to use this picture.

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